|Walberg: “CBO. CBO.CBO.”|
|Walberg: “13,000 federally qualified community health centers are there, including all over this district, and each of those provide a full, full gamut of women’s health care services, unlike Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood offers - and I was asked Saturday where I get these statistics - CBO, but more importantly, under cross examination of the president of Planned Parenthood, she had to admit they don’t do mammograms. They refer mammograms. At most they refer mammograms. Bottom line is community health centers do mammograms, they do prenatal testing and care. They do the full gamut.”|
Checking on Walberg’s Claims with our Community Health Centers:
I checked on what Walberg described as a, “full, full gamut of women’s health care services”, that are available “in house” in our district’s community health centers.
· The Center for Family Health, which has several locations throughout our District, offers a Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP), which is part of the state’s Title XV health program. Among those services is: “Referral for mammogram, if needed”, for women aged 40-64, and they, “must meet some income requirements”.
· There are 24 Great Lakes Bay Community Health Centers throughout the region. Only one of those centers offers Mammograms, at Janes Street in Sagninaw, which is well outside of our District 7.
· The Family Medical Center of Michigan, which has several locations throughout the district, does not list mammograms among their “Medical Services Provided”, but they do offer referrals to specialists, radiology, and other laboratory testing, if needed.
Services at The Center for Family Health locations throughout District 7
Checking on Walberg’s Claims about Planned Parenthood:
Walberg described cross-examining the President of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards at a hearing, and, “she had to admit they don’t do mammograms”.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
House Oversight & Gov’t Reform Committee
(Video 1:40:00 mark):
Walberg: “Emergency first responder care, mammograms, immunizations, diabetes and glaucoma screenings, cholesterol screenings, pediatric eye, ear, dental screenings, well-child services, radiological services, cardiovascular blood tests, bone mass measurement, nurse on staff, all of those according to your website - you don’t provide.”
Richards: “We provide in some places, but it’s not a core service, so it depends on-“ [interruption]
Walberg: “It’s not a promised service.”
The list that Walberg read aloud in the hearing bore some similarities to the list that he read at the Coffee Hour in Adrian. However, the Adrian list mentioned Prenatal Care, Hypertension and Arthritis, which are not on the list from the hearing. I discovered that the list that Walberg read from in the hearing was created by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) a couple weeks prior to that hearing.The sources that Walberg attributed the list to in the hearing were on the ADF document. However, neither of those sources had a list like the one Walberg read in the hearing. Walberg did not attribute or credit ADF for his information. ADF is recognized as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
(Left): The ADF document, markups added pointing to their sources; (Right): Walberg in the hearing
ADF is recognized as a Hate Group by The Southern Poverty Law Center:
Checking on Walberg’s Claims with Other Constituents in Our District:
On March 31, 2017 I sent a two-page letter to Tim Walberg about my difficulty locating any information that supported what he had shared with us at the coffee hours earlier in the month. I asked for him again to specify the source of his information. That same day I decided to openly share my letter in an online forum of local constituents. I received a helpful response that the letterhead and content from Walberg’s paper matched with materials from the lobbying group, Susan B. Anthony List.
The Logo from SBA-List
Checking on Walberg’s Claims with Susan B. Anthony List:
It was instantly apparent to me that Walberg’s document had come from Susan B. Anthony List (SBA-List). For example, on February 9, 2017, which was just one month before the Coffee Hour in Adrian, SBA-List issued a Press Release on their “Re-Direct” initiative, which contained a lot of the same language as what Walberg was telling us:
I checked on Walberg’s history with the lobbying group. He received their campaign contributions on 3 occasions totaling $4,500. Walberg had also proudly accepted SBA-List’s political endorsements and said, “I have been honored to work with them over the years.”
Image from followthemoney.org, showing contributions from SBA-List to Walberg’s campaigns
Tim Walberg’s facebook page, sharing news of SBA-List’s 2016 endorsement
Press Release from SBA-List, announcing endorsement of Tim Walberg
On April 10, 2017 I called Susan B. Anthony List’s office in DC. I left a voice mail to their Legislative Director, Eric Schmitz, and he called me back the next day. I told him about the memo that my member of Congress, Tim Walberg, shared in a recent town hall. I asked if they could send me any further information on those subjects. After working out a typo in my email, on April 24th they delivered the key document that I had been looking for. I was surprised by how quick and amenable SBA-List’s response was toward a random member of the public. If only Tim Walberg was as open and responsive toward my questions as his lobbyists are.
The document that SBA-List sent to me matched exactly with the images and the content of the Walberg’s document from the Adrian event. The pdf file contained eight embedded hyperlinks to online sources, and one regular URL web link. Each of those sources are listed at the end of this report. The CBO was not cited. The CBO had nothing to do with the paper that he read aloud to us. So, Tim Walberg definitively lied about that.
Example of an embedded hyperlink in the pdf of the SBA-List document.
The following figure shows the key Susan B. Anthony List document followed by analysis and comparisons to the paper that Walberg read aloud to constituents. It is perfectly clear now that the document that Walberg read from in Adrian was this document. The only question now pertains to Walberg’s compulsion for lying about it to us.
SBA-List paper sent to congress members matches the paper that Walberg read to us
Walberg’s paper at Adrian event (left), and the paper that SBA-List sent to congress (right)
Text from SBA-List paper (top), and transcript of Walberg reading from paper (bottom)
Checking with Tim Walberg at the Luna Pier Coffee Hour:
The Sign I displayed from the front row at the Luna Pier event
Tim Walberg responding to my question at the Coffee Hour in Luna Pier (April 7, 2017)
Friday, April 7, 2017
Luna Pier, MI
Video of this exchange:
Mayor David Davison (moderator): “This is from Steven in Monroe: Last month, at your Coffee Hour in Adrian, did the information you read to us about Planned Parenthood come from a memo by the lobbying group, Susan B. Anthony List, or from the CBO as you said to us?”
Walberg: “It came from CBO. It came Congressional Research, uh, Office(sic). It came from, uh, the President of Planned Parenthood herself who sat in front of us in a hearing in the committee, and said, ‘we do not provide mammograms, we refer mammograms, we don’t-’” [interruption]
Heckler: “None of your clinics in the 7th District offer mammograms.”
[The heckler was referring to community health clinics. Walberg took her point as meaning Planned Parenthood’s clinics. Then he agreed with his own misunderstanding.]
Heckler: “But neither do-”[interruption]
Mayor Davison: “Ma’am-”
[I heckled some follow-up questions to steer back to my original question.]
Steven: “Was that paper from the Susan B. Anthony List?”
Walberg: “No that paper wasn’t from Susan B. Anthony List.”
Steven: “I could see the letterhead though, and it resembled the Susan B. Anthony List. I have images from it. I filmed it.”
Walberg: “I think I’ve answered the question of the facts, regardless of what you thought you saw, or not.”
[Walberg then turned away from me, toward the Mayor, who proceeded to the next question. I leaned back in my seat and muttered:] “Bullshit.”
The Monroe News Report of the Luna Pier Event:
Saturday, April 8, 2017
The Monroe News
|Monroe News report of the Luna Pier event, which misattributed my comments to someone else|
Walberg Plagiarized from the SBA-List Memo Again in an AHCA Press Release:
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Walberg’s Press Release
on the AHCA
|Enlargements and highlights from SBA-List memo, and Walberg’s Official House Press Release|
I could not find anything in the AHCA bill that the House passed on May 4, 2017 that would have the effect of “redirecting Planned Parenthood dollars”, i.e. Medicaid reimbursements, “to community health centers”, which would, as Walberg described, “expand access to health services”.
I was very disturbed and shaken up by Walberg’s response at the Luna Pier event when he lied to my face, and tried to belittle me in front of the crowd by questioning my ability to see. I still don’t even understand what his motivation was to lie about this one document. If he believes that Susan B. Anthony List is a credible source for information, then why wouldn’t he have just been honest with us from the beginning? “Here look, this information comes from Susan B. Anthony List. I have been honored to work with them over the years. They’re very reliable.”
The direction of this research was led by Tim Walberg’s own statements, which shows how misleading his statements are. When he said his document was from the CBO - I checked the CBO - Walberg lied. When he said our community health centers provide mammograms - I checked those centers - Walberg lied. When he said that Cecile Richards had to admit in the committee hearing that their centers don’t provide mammograms – I checked that committee hearing – Walberg lied about another document in that hearing.
In the time since I turned in the first draft of this report to Walberg’s office, I have not heard back from him or his staff about these findings. I submitted a second copy to their office a few months later, and reiterated that I would like for them to respond to me about it. I specified that I was not even looking for them to agree with my conclusions. It would actually please me if they could point out any mistakes that I had made. I would prefer that, because it is not pleasant for me to think that my Congress person is such a corrupt liar.
Michigan District 7
May 2, 2017 (First Draft Submitted to Walberg’s Office)
July 29, 2018 (Expanded and Revised Draft)
Appendix: The 8 Sources Hyperlinked to from the Susan B. Anthony List document:
(None of which are the CBO, or the Congressional Research Service)
1) Planned Parenthood’s 2014-2015 Annual Report:
2) A Newsvine Article:
3) A Washington Times Article:
4) A Record of a Referral by the House Energy and Commerce Committee:
5) A Report by SBA-List’s own Charlotte Lozier Institute:
6) A PR Newswire release about a Robert Morris University Poll:
7) A Huffington Post Article:
8) Planned Parenthood’s About Us Page: